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Ikuo Inada

Artist 338

Inada Ikuo

Wood Carving

sculptor


Close up of wood carving in process, Inada Ikuo
Close up of wood carving in process, Inada Ikuo
Night by Night, wooden sculpture by Ikuo Inada.  Photographs by Hidehiko Omata
Night by Night, wooden carving, Ikuo Inada

Ikuo Inada (1986) is a Japanese sculptor who specialises in wooden sculptures that reflect meditative states and often personify sleepiness and drowsiness.


In the rain, wooden sculpture, Inada Ikuo
In the rain, wooden carving, Inada Ikuo

The Japanese artist carves his works meticulously out of wood creating realistic figures engaging with soft shaped surfaces. These can be feather pillows, comforters, or soft hoodies. All melded out of wood creating distorting effects of softness.


Night Mirage, 2021, wood sculpture, Ikuo Inada
Night Mirage, 2021, wood carving, Ikuo Inada

Work in progress, Inada Ikuo
Work in progress, Inada Ikuo

His subjects are often ambiguous, often half-hidden away.


Premonition of the night, 2022, wood sculpture, Ikuo Inada
Premonition of the night, 2022, wood carving, Ikuo Inada

Ikuo Inada Is influenced by Renaissance carvings and how the sculptures reflect expressive wrinkles and folds despite their stone foundation.


Sleepless night, Wood carving, Inada Ikuo
Sleepless night, Wood carving, Inada Ikuo

His work draws on how due to the formidable and work culture in Japan, where hard work and perseverance lies at the core of Japanese mentality his sculptures subvert. This context makes his sculptures feel far more intimate. This softness is a private state often only shown to those closest to you. It marks a moment of intimacy that draws the viewer in.


Midnight Peace, wooden sculpture, Inada Ikuo
Midnight Peace, wood carving , Inada Ikuo

It almost feels like you have joined a kotatsu table and get to share in the warmth it provides.


Leave Me Alone, wooden sculpture, Inada Ikuo
Leave Me Alone, wooden carving, Inada Ikuo

For more follow the artist on Instagram:

@inadaiko


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